Jesus love offering to the Father in Heaven
What greater gift can any son give to his Father? A father is the head of the household that is appointed by God Most-High to lead the family in prayer, in community and to a path that will guide their children to holiness. We must not neglect the role a father has in the world. A father is the example that a child sees on how they should carry themselves in life. I understand that many in the world didn’t have a father around when they grew up. Either he passed away when we he young or old, either he had relations with your mother and left or was caught up in doing the wrong things in life and was sent away in jail or in prison. Fathers are not perfect. Like all of us, we have a sinful nature, so there are times we feel let down or disappointed. But we have one Father who is perfect. He is God the Father, the one who created the whole world. The giver of Life and the One who sent his son Jesus to redeem us all from the slave of sin.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church) CCC 606– “The Son of God, who came down “from heaven, not to do [his] own will, but the will of him who sent [him]”, said on coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.” “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” From the first moment of his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father’s plan of divine salvation in his redemptive mission: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” The sacrifice of Jesus “for the sins of the whole world” expresses his loving communion with the Father. “The Father loves me, because I lay down my life”, said the Lord, “[for] I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” God wants to heal our brokenness. The only way he can do that was sending his son to us. Jesus, while he was on earth taught us about the love and the forgiving power of God. He healed many who were sick, delivered many under the dominion of satan and taught us how to pray. CCC 517– “Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption. Redemption comes to us above all through the blood of his cross,179 but this mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life:
– already in his Incarnation through which by becoming poor he enriches us with his poverty;
– in his hidden life which by his submission atones for our disobedience;
– in his word which purifies its hearers;
– in his healings and exorcisms by which “he took our infirmities and bore our diseases”;
– and in his Resurrection by which he justifies us.
Jesus took on the sins of the world, in order to reunite humanity with the saving Grace of God. Jesus didn’t complain about himself being offered on the cross. Even when his human nature was tempted in Matthew 26:38-39, Jesus surrendered himself to the will of God the Father. This was the greatest act of love a Son can give to his Father. CCC 614- “This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience” Jesus is the spot-less lamb that was offered to God for the remission of the world’s sin. The same act of love is done during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When a Priest elevates the bread and wine before God Most-High, it is Jesus Crucifixion being offered to God the father for the remission of the world sins and offenses. Holy Mother Church shows us the love that Jesus Christ has for his Father in Heaven. We too are children of God, united under the blanket of faith (created in the image and likeness of God) we too are invited to share and appreciate that love that Jesus showed us.
Fathers, we must also look to Jesus’ Foster father on earth, Saint Joseph. He was a quiet man who took care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He taught Jesus about his faith. He spent time with Jesus in teaching him on how to be a carpenter. Joseph played a role in the physical development of Jesus. We mustn’t overlook that. If you don’t feel like you’re a great father, then ask our Perfect Father in heaven to guide you to be the very best you can be. You will never be perfect because of your sinfulness, but you can strive to live a life of holiness and compassion to your children and your spouse.
Let us join in this prayer. Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for showing us the grace of humility. You offered yourself to your Father to redeem us from our own mistakes. May you bless our marriage and bless our roles as fathers. By the Mercy that God the Father has on the world, may we try to imitate that mercy in our lives. To be a good role model for our children, our family and in the world. We ask Saint Joseph to be with us in our walk of life. May we be silent and focus on the things that matter the most in this world, which is our relationship with God, care for our family and bring peace to our neighbors. We ask this in your mighty name Amen!
God Bless all you Men in the world,